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Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • School Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. • Half Days: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Pre-K Half Day: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. • Pre-K Full Day: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Summer Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Principal's Monthly Message

  August 2021

Principal's messageDear Parents and Guardians,

I am sure that it is with great anticipation that you await this year's opening of school letter. As always, I write on the Feast of St. Dominic to honor the many years of service of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell at St. John the Apostle School. We are making plans to resume in class learning in September following a regular schedule.

As you know there is much concern about the Delta Variant of Covid-19. As of this writing the CDC is recommending that all faculty, staff, and students wear masks during the school day regardless of vaccination status. Plastic dividers have been placed between desks to further prevent spread of colds, flu, etc. I am sure you are aware that guidelines change regularly. Any changes in protocol will be sent via School Reach. Please remember there is no option for remote learning. We will continue to take temperatures each day upon arrival at school. Please keep students home if they have any symptoms at all. All visitors will need to have an appointment and wear a mask. lunch parents should arrive 5-10 minutes before the lunch period to assist in cleaning and sanitizing tables. Please remember that if you do not show up for lunch duty it is likely students will not be able to have recess. We will use both the cafeteria and gym for all lunch periods to enable some spacing between students. Students will continue to be able to have water bottles during the day. I am very aware that there is much concern about the continued spread of the virus. Last year we did not have one case of school spread virus. In fact, we have had very few colds and flu. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy. Your continued cooperation, as always, is greatly appreciated. Hopefully, one day soon, we will be able to resume "normal" operations and Covid-19 worries will be a thing of the past. 

At arrival students in K -3 will enter through the parking lot side of the building. Grades 4 and 5 will use the office doors on Ridgeview Terrace. PK 3 will use the main doors on Valley Road. Grades 6-8 will enter the Annex on the Ridgeview Terrace and PK 4 will enter the Annex on the Parking lot side. Please wait until your child is checked in before leaving in case they have a fever. Students will only use the staircase by which they enter. Teachers will schedule Back to School Nights via Zoon or Google Meet.

For the most part 7 months of tuition should already have been paid by our return date on September 9th. It is very important that you keep on your schedule with tuition payments. Each month I am required to submit a written report to the Archdiocese of Newark indicating families that are in arrears and the reason for the delay in payments. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Over the past 18 months Smart Tuition has waived all late fees. This will no longer be the case nor will we be able to waive the fee as they have been so gracious over the course of the pandemic.

School will open on September 9th at regular time. Both Thursday and Friday will be half days. Kindergarten and PK 3 and 4 will meet each day from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Full days begin on Monday September 13th. Our opening liturgy will take place on Friday, September 17 at 10 a.m. Please see the Parent Handbook for uniform requirements and schedule and for the dress code.

Dr. Deborah Egan



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We Believe

Children are our community's most valuable asset, capable of achieving their potential when given the proper guidance and support in our school community. A child's self-esteem is essential to success and must be supported by parents and the school community.

Each child's inherent worth is recognized concerning cultural differences, individual abilities, and unique talents. Children educated in a Christ-centered environment develop spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.

Learning is a lifelong process. Children learn at different rates and in different ways from a variety of sources. Instruction must be differentiated and engage all learners with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving. A child's educational success is a responsibility shared by parents, school, and the community working in harmony. Children learn Christian values and ethical conduct taught by parents, reinforced and modeled by the school, and demonstrated through life choices.

Children have a right to feel secure, safe, and supported in their school environment. Children will develop a lifelong commitment of discipleship and stewardship based on the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Our Graduates
Currently, the Alumni Association gives all 8th graders a gift at graduation, as well as one Alumni financial award. Additional fundraising monies are donated to the school for technology needs. Alumni correspondence now mainly comes from the Archdiocese of Newark, School Office. Please consider donating to St. John the Apostle School. Supporting your grammar school ensures St. John the Apostle School memories continue for students in the upcoming years. Wishing your fond memories of SJA continue to be in your hearts and minds always.

2011 National Blue Ribbon School

St. John the Apostle School is a National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement was made Thursday, September 15, 2011, by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. St. John the Apostle School was one of 49 private schools from across the country to receive the prestigious honor. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels.

This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our faculty. At St. John the Apostle School, we are continually striving to ensure that the academic program we deliver meets the needs of our students while encouraging them to do their best.

Many hands and minds were put to work as a team united toward a common goal: achieving the Blue Ribbon nomination. The application had us answering questions about our curriculum, assessment, staff development, and history. Faculty wrote content, gave additional application critiques and devoted hours and hours of their time.

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Blue Ribbon School

St. John the Apostle School has been a prominent learning institution since our first class graduated in 1951. We have remained grounded in tradition while growing to become one of the leading Pre-K through 8th-grade schools in the Archdiocese of Newark.